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Comment policy

We value and depend on a large variety of voices. The work we do at the Christian Reformed Centre for Public Dialogue and Office of Social Justice is intentionally shaped by many voices, through committee members, congregations, synodical recommendations, experts in the field, and ecumenical partnerships.

In order to steward ministry shares well, commenting isn’t available on Do Justice itself because we engage with comments in other spaces.

Unfortunately, as many websites have found, commenting sections tend to be dominated by a few voices and do not tend to bring out the best in people. Meaningful dialogue between diverse positions, regrettably, does not often happen in online commenting sections and managing online comment sections can take many hours every week of staff time, time that could be better spent having more productive dialogue offline or in other forums. That’s why pages like CBC, CNN, Reuters, Slate, etc have taken commenting off their pages. (You can read more about this move away from commenting here.) Several other CRC ministries (World Missions, Home Missions, Back to God) do not have commenting on their websites, but engage in commenting and dialogue in other spaces, as we do.

We want to hear from you! Here are a few ways you can dialogue with us about posts on Do Justice: 

When you do comment online, please respect our commenting guidelines. These guidelines are not exhaustive, but they're intended to help understand our approach to user-posted content. It all boils down to being polite, courteous, and Christ-like in the way we communicate online. These guidelines are the same as the CRC commenting policy used on The Network and The Banner

In our view, a good comment

  • is directly related to the original post.
  • is concise and easy to follow.
  • is friendly and polite in tone and language, even when you strongly disagree.
  • contributes something new and positive to the discussion.
  • has clear authorship—that means using your real name.

And avoids

  • making derogatory remarks and/or personal comments about others.
  • dominating the discussion.
  • undermining the church or its ministries. Constructive criticism is welcome.
  • posting under false pretenses—including for commercial gain.
  • posting primarily to advertise or solicit funds.

If you see a comment on Facebook or The Network that you believe does not meet the standards listed here, please bring it to the attention of our moderators (justice.communications@crcna.org). Moderators aren't perfect, but we try to make the best decisions we can for the good of the whole community. A moderator's decisions are final and comments may be removed without further explanation. Discussions about why a comment was or wasn't removed will be deemed off topic and removed.

If you have questions about these comment guidelines, don't hesitate to email us at justice.communications@crcna.org.